Rangelands West

The Rangelands West collection includes articles, websites, reports, and multimedia resources focused on issues relevant to the Western U.S.  Also included are resources emanating from the 19 land-grant universitires that are members of the Rangelands Partnership and made available throught their respective state Rangelands websites. 

Contact
University of Arizona
Address: 
The Rangelands Partnership
1140 E South Campus Dr
Tucson, AZ 85721
United States
Total Entries in Collection: 
3529

Records in Collection

Published: 2019
In the fall of 2013, film maker Robin “Buz” Kloot, teamed up with the Natural Resources Conservation Service on a project to share the important role soil plays in all our lives. He began with a cross-country trek to interview some of the nation’s...
Published: 2008
Ranchers on the plains of Eastern New Mexico work to restore depleted rangeland and adopt strategies to sustain valuable grassland resources for future generations. Ranchers demonstrate, first hand, management practices that dramatically increase...
Published: 2014
Learn about invasive in the heartland
Published: 2014
Biologist Peter Berthelson of Pheasants Forever took action to educate land managers how to burn and created burn trailers stocked with all the hardware required to safely conduct prescribed burns. Scotia, Neb. rancher Tom Hartman talks about...
Published: 2014
This week on Playa Country, prescribed burning. Oklahoma State University's Dept. of Natural Resource Ecology & Management is researching effects of limited prescribed burning or "patch burning" to create a mosaic of patches...
Published: 2014
Native Americans used fire to manage rangeland for thousands of years, but a 100-year burning hiatus followed settlement by Europeans of the North American heartland. Those decades of fire suppression allowed invasive plants to negatively alter the...
Rangelands provide a vast array of resources, products and values, including forage for livestock, habitat for wildlife, clean water, renewable energy, recreational opportunities, open space, and magnificent vistas. This website is designed for...
Published: 2010
Ranchers and researchers restore a high-desert watershed.
A series of videos.
Published: 2013
These talks were recorded during the plenary session of the Society for Range Management's 66th annual meeting in Oklahoma City. Additional unrecorded talks were given by David MJS Bowman and Stephen J Pyne.
Published: 2010
Our grandparents were mostly farmers and ranchers, but now food is produced by less than 3% of the population. This tenuous situation is spreading across the world, from developed countries to the grasslands of Mongolia. The threat to remaining...
Published: 2010
Rangelands are the least appreciated and one of the most endangered biomes in the US. Here are some reasons why we should care what happens to rangelands.
Various videos from The National Center for Atmospheric Research
Published: 2019
SUMMARY The two-part Science Framework for Conservation and Restoration of the Sagebrush Biome published by the U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station is a new, multi-scale approach to management of sagebrush ecosystems. The product...
Published: 2014
In Nappan, Nova Scotia, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada research scientist Yousef Papadopoulos is developing new grass and legume mixtures for cattle forage to improve the quality of meat and growth results. These beef trials are ongoing. Learn...
Published: 2019
Traditional approaches for restoring streams often involve costly fixes that change the shape of the waterway using sophisticated designs and heavy construction machinery. While this “form-based restoration” is appropriate for certain areas, it’s...
Published: 2005
The University of Arizona Library is a vital participant in the AgNIC Rangelands project and has contributed to the initiative in many ways. For example, in the mid-to-late 1990â s the Library digitized the backfiles of the Journal of Range...
Published: 2018
What happens when you do a ten year experiment with researchers, ranchers, staff from environmental organizations, and federal and state land managers? This interactive fact sheet has the story of the collaboration and the lessons learned for...
Published: 2019
Farmers and ranchers are talking a lot about soil health these days, because they appreciate how healthy soil supports productivity. But there are many dimensions to sustainable soil management—soil testing, crop rotation and tillage choices all...
Published: 2018
Making changes on the farm or ranch involves taking risks. One or two years spent experimenting can lead to a financial hit too difficult to recover from. That’s where Western SARE’s Farmer/Rancher and Professional + Producer grants help out....
Published: 1998
In hundreds of communities in our eleven western states, ranchers, environmentalists and federal land managers are wrestling with each other's differences in values, motives, needs and cultures. They meet in collaborative decision making...
Published: 2016
Easements are the right to use the land of another for a special purpose. Unlike a lease, an easement does not give the holder a right of “possession” of the property, only a right of use.
Published: 2017
In this publication, we will walk through the steps of an easy to use framework that will help you develop a contingency plan for drought and any other ranching or natural resource management situation. The basic idea behind...
Published: 2017
Just as identifying plants is the baseline skill for rangeland professionals, the ability to assess the condition of grazing livestock by observing them is critical to their effective management. Body condition is really just...
Published: 2018
The Art of Range podcast provides education through conversation with some of the brightest minds in rangeland management. We interview researchers, ranchers, and resource professionals to bring you extended discussion on topics that are of interest...
Published: 2016
In Arizona, invasive and noxious plants have a significant impact on native vegetation and ecosystem health. Because invasive plants are competitive against native plants, once invasive plants become established, they can completely replace the...
Published: 2017
This study looks at the cost and return estimates for typical cow/calf operations in each of the five ranching regions of Arizona.
Published: 2017
The redeveloped DroughtView is a web-based decision-support tool that combines satellite-derived measures of surface greenness with additional geospatial data so that users can visualize and evaluate vegetation dynamics across space and over time.
Published: 2017
Knowing how much and when precipitation fell in your pasture, allotment or land management unit is a key variable for sound decision making and requires collecting precipitation data directly at that site. Overall, this “best practices” guide will...
Published: 2015
To connect users with climate change science related to forest planning needs. Users can filter a database of scientific evidence that identifies possible effects of climate change on forest ecosystems (along with agriculture, rangeland, and...
Published: 2018
Ecological sites are a conceptual landscape classification system used to interpret potential across the landscape. The fundamental assumption of ecological sites is that landscapes can be grouped with sufficient precision to increase the...
The grassland ecosystems we see today have an extensive history of human activity and disturbance. In response to these alterations, many native U.S. grasslands and grassland species are in decline and climate change is expected to add to or...
Published: 2016
The Southwest is considered to be one of the most “climate-challenged” landscapes in the United States (Garfin et al. 2013) and the Colorado Plateau will not be exempt from the impacts of a changing climate. Through the 21st century, the Colorado...
Published: 2018
A Purdue University researcher led development of a free, web-based application that will allow those using unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to easily log their flight-related data.
Development of the Drought Calculator (DC) has been a collaborative process involving USDA-Agricultural Research Service in Fort Collins, Colorado, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service and NDSU Central Grasslands Research Extension Center....
Published: 2018
The Mexican wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) was included in the 1973 Endangered Species Act listing of the gray wolf (C. lupus), but then listed separately as a subspecies in 2015. Early accounts of its range included the Sierra Madre Occidental of...
Published: 2018
The Mexican gray wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) was historically distributed throughout the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. Extensive predator removal campaigns during the early 20th century, however, resulted in its eventual extirpation...
Examples of federal environmental laws.
Published: 2018
Life on the Range is an educational project that showcases stories about the ever-changing landscape of ranching, multiple-use management, entrepreneurial spirit, family and stewardship on Idaho’s rangelands.
Published: 2018
Although stocking rate is often described as the most important decision livestock managers make, most environmental concerns associated with cattle ranching in the western U.S. result from undesirable grazing distribution patterns, especially on...
Published: 2018
This Guide is one output of a long-term project organized by researchers from the University of Arizona which intended to address drought concerns for livestock grazing in the Southwestern United States. It addresses drought concerns and policy...
Published: 2018
A story map about ranch management for cows and quail in Texas.
Published: 2018
Fire safety in the wildland-urban interface including your hoe and landscape.
Published: 2013
This is a summary report from a workshop held at the Santa Rita Experiment Range on February 27-28, 2013.
Published: 2018
Cultivating Climate Resilience on Farms and Ranches describes the changing regional weather patterns throughout the United States and the risks that these changes present to crop and livestock production. The 28-page publication also outlines how to...